Bangalore University Reserves Slots for Transgender Students

Last week, Bangalore University in Karntaka, India approved a historic decision that will make it the first varsity in the state to reserve seats for transgender students.

From The Hindu, India’s national newspaper:

A historic decision to reserve one seat each in its 52 postgraduate departments for transgenders and slapping a penalty of Rs. 5 lakh on 11 B.Ed. colleges for admission and examination malpractices were among the key resolutions approved by Bangalore University’s Academic Council..

The council also decided to write to the State Government to make similar provisions for the admission of transgenders to undergraduate courses as the university has no jurisdiction to reserve seats under this category in
affiliated colleges.

According to information available with the university, Dr. Prabhu Dev said there are many transgenders who are either pursuing or have completed undergraduate courses as either male or female candidates.

The 11 B.Ed. colleges, which were found guilty of malpractices in admission and examination in an inquiry conducted by the university, also face the threat of derecognition from the next academic year. The council has decided to recommend to the State Government to derecognise these colleges.

Hopefully this new decision will encourage more transgender students to apply for university programs and is just a first step towards broader recognition and change for the trans community in India and worldwide.

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